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      Tapentadol extended release in the management of peripheral diabetic neuropathic pain

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          Tapentadol, a μ-opioid agonist and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, has been found to be an effective medication for a wide variety of chronic pain conditions, including back pain, cancer-related pain, and arthritic pain. It has also been found to have fewer gastrointestinal side effects than more traditional opioid-based therapies. More recently, tapentadol extended release has been demonstrated to be effective in the management of painful diabetic neuropathy, an often debilitating condition affecting approximately one-third of all patients with diabetes. This review highlights the most up-to-date basic and clinical studies by focusing on the mechanisms of action of tapentadol and its clinical efficacy, especially with regard to painful diabetic neuropathy.

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                Ther Clin Risk Manag
                Ther Clin Risk Manag
                Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
                Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
                Dove Medical Press
                14 January 2015
                : 11
                : 95-105
                [1 ]Department of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
                [2 ]Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY, USA
                [3 ]Department of Structural and Cellular Biology, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA
                [4 ]Department of Anesthesiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Nalini Vadivelu, Department of Anesthesiology Yale University School of Medicine 333 Cedar Street, TMP 3 New Haven, CT 06520, USA, Email nalini.vadivelu@ 123456yale.edu
                © 2015 Vadivelu et al. This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License

                The full terms of the License are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed.



                pain management, chronic pain, analgesia, pharmacology, neuropathic pain


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